Taifa Stars coach disappointed by clubs not using local players

Taifa Stars players train at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club ground. PHOTO | LOVENESS BERNARD

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  • Amrouche voiced his concern, expressing that the clubs’ decision could affect the team's performance in international competitions.

Dar es Salaam. The national football team (Taifa Stars) head coach Adel Amrouche has expressed his disappointment over some clubs failing to use local players, who are key members of the team.

Amrouche made the comment last Tuesday as the team leave today for Marrakesh, Morocco, ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Niger on Saturday, and three days later they will host Morocco at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Amrouche voiced his concern, expressing that the clubs’ decision could affect the team's performance in international competitions.

The experienced tactician pointed out that regulars in the national team are finding it difficult to secure a spot in their respective clubs that make his selection become a challenge.

"It is discouraging to witness talented players, who contribute significantly to the national team's success, struggling to get chances at their clubs. This not only affects their individual growth, but also hampers my ability to select the best possible squad for international competitions," said Amrouche.

The coach particularly highlighted the goalkeeping position, expressing his concern that none of the five goalkeepers he has selected for the national squad is considered the first-choice at his respective club.

The goalkeepers in question are Metacha Mnata and Aboutwalib Msheli from Young Africans (Yanga), Ali Salim and Aishi Manula (Simba SC), Beno Kakolanya (Singida Fountain Gate FC), and young goalkeeper Kwesi Kawawa, who plays for Karlslunden of Sweden.

Amrouche insisted on the importance of the local players being fielded regularly, especially those who are key players like goalkeepers.

He pointed out that consistent game time contributes to their development and sharpens their skills, ultimately benefiting the national team.

"Goalkeepers are the backbone of any team, and it is important for them to have the chance of playing regularly at the club level.

“Unfortunately, the situation is quite the opposite for the goalkeepers I have selected. This makes it challenging for them to maintain their form and be at their best when representing the national team," Amrouche explained.

The coach urged clubs to recognize the broader implications of limiting playing time for key national team players.

He said there is a need for collaboration between clubs and the national team to ensure the country's best talents are given the opportunity to showcase their skills at both domestic and international levels.